Feith Tonight

I’ll be on the radiohere tonight at 6 p.m. CST, to talk about Feith’s book and Special Plans, and in preparation for that, I poured a generous dose of whiskey into my coffee and listened toFeith on Hannity’s show, a bit generously hosted by Spocko’s Brain.

Feith essentially said — during the occasional break in Hannity’s usual schtick of “liberals don’t know the history of the world, I DO!!!!” — that Bush screwed up and trusted the CIA when it came to WMD. It was a repeat of a claim he made on CNN here:

He also went into a routine about how he never held with the idea of creating democracy in Iraq, a direct contradiction of what David Neiwert came up with in the piece we published in Special Plans about the Bush Doctrine.According to Feith, handing Iraq over to the exiles and Chalabi (he’s careful not to use the name on Hannity, you’ll notice) was the way to go, and “that was the view that prevailed at State, lost at the White House but won in Baghdad.” In other words, don’t look at Rumsfeld and me, look at Colin Powell. Yeah. Good luck with that line.

It doesn’t really surprise me that Hannity doesn’t ask the natural follow-up, which is, “Doug, you were at the Pentagon until August 8, 2005. By then the US had had, in your mind, the predicted disastrous occupation government in Iraq for more than a year. Yet you sat back and watched instead of quitting and speaking up then. Why?”

I suspect the answer would involve a lot of squirming, which is why the question never even occurred to Hannity.

In addition, Feith said that 9/11 focused Americans on the idea that countries could have weapons of mass destruction. At which point I turned the sound off lest the screaming scare the neighbors. As I recall, 9/11 focused Americans on anthrax and airplanes, with a sideline into how we could lay hands on some red-white-and-blue body paint and beat the shit out of Sikh cab drivers. WMDs weren’t our main concern until Dick Cheney started talking about them.

I don’t expect intellectual honesty from this crowd, really, but I do expect some basic understanding of what went on while they were, you know, engaged in government service. Jesus.

A.

9 thoughts on “Feith Tonight

  1. Oh Athenae, you expect the reporters to act like reporters and ask follow-up questions?

  2. …Spocko sent me that link, too, in case I wanted to put it in a post or craft some questions for opportunities that Feith’s further appearances might provide. It’s just a stunning performance (I put it on my mp3 player to help keep that fine emotional peak while I’m writing the post; now all I have to do is get it under about five thousand words) because of all the readily available evidence to the contrary; ‘it’s all Colin Powell’s fault and Paul Bremer’s fault and the CIA’s fault. If they’d only listened to me and done it my way’…
    …theONLY good thing about that audio clip is that, unlike his appearance on Diane Rehm’s show (which I also have on the mpod), it only lasts about 8 1/2 minutes…

  3. I would like to point out that Feith is a professor at Georgetown. A Catholic university. I was wondering if the Pope will talk about the utility of hiring war criminals to teach our youngsters.
    Tonight in your talk Athenae if you could please address this question. How do we define war criminals? And then if you might see if Feith fits any of those classifications. What specific ACTIONS did he take that will forever classify him as a war criminal. And what argument will he (and his supporters) use to say he is NOT ACTUALLY a war criminal, just a guy who has a different opinion than the CIA. I would like us to start establishing who is a war criminal.
    What did Feith do that proves he is or is not a war criminal?

  4. Having gone to Georgetown (and my father taught there for over forty years), I’ve long known that it has quite a long tradition of extreme right-wing positions held out for people such as Feith, and who can forget Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
    It’s foreign service school was founded by a staunch right-wing Jesuit, Edmund Walsh.

  5. Feith said that 9/11 focused Americans on the idea that countries could have weapons of mass destruction. At which point I turned the sound off lest the screaming scare the neighbors. As I recall, 9/11 focused Americans on anthrax and airplanes,.. WMDs weren’t our main concern until Dick Cheney started talking about them.
    Your recollection is wrong. Long before Cheney was in the White House, the Clinton administration made the case that WMD were a threat to the US.
    1998 – Preemptive bombing on VX plant
    1997 – ALL U.S. troops to get anthrax vaccine

  6. liontooth, I’m not saying no president has ever raised the issue, I’m saying that as far as the effects of 9/11 were concerned, the immediate aftermath was taken up with airline safety.
    A.

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